Frederick M. Lawrence
Lisa M. Lynch, the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, became interim president of Brandeis University on July 1, 2015. She succeeded Frederick M. Lawrence, the university’s president from 2011 to 2015.
Previously, Lynch served as Brandeis’ provost and chief academic officer, and as dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management from 2008 to 2014.
Lynch is an internationally recognized labor economist; a leader with experience at the highest levels of academia and government; and an accomplished and compassionate teacher and scholar.
As provost, Lynch oversaw all areas of the university, including institutional planning and budgets, educational activities, and research initiatives. She aligned financial and human resources with the university’s mission while fostering a community devoted to shared learning, reflection and civil engagement. Under her leadership, Brandeis continued to enhance the student experience, deepen faculty scholarship and research, and advance the university’s historic commitment to social justice.
As dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Lynch increased graduate student enrollment and the number of dual-degree programs offered across the university, and strengthened financial support. She led the creation of the school’s strategic plan, incorporating an initiative to embed equity, inclusion and diversity in Heller’s academic and work environment. Her efforts to raise the school’s public profile re-established Heller in national top-10 rankings of graduate schools of social policy.
Lynch has served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (1995-1997); director (2004-2009), chair and deputy chair (2007-2009) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; chair of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System (2009); and president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2013-2014).
In addition, she has served on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2008-2015) and the National Academies Committee on National Statistics (2009-2015). She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA (Institute for Labor Economics, Germany).
She has published extensively on the impact of technological change and organizational innovation (especially training) on productivity and wages, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school-to-work transition, among other issues. She has been a faculty member at Tufts University, MIT, the Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol.
Lynch earned her BA in economics and political science at Wellesley College, and her MS and PhD in economics at the London School of Economics.